Textile designer job is not new.
The concept of the job, which requires an extensive knowledge of the textile industry and a skill to create unique products, dates back to the early 1900s.
But it has been a booming business in recent years, with online platforms such as Flipkart, Amazon and Zappos opening their doors.
In a world where people are increasingly buying everything online, the number of jobs in the textile sector has seen an upturn in recent times.
It has been said that the average online textile designer earns Rs 4 lakh in his or her lifetime, while the average salary for a textile worker is Rs 10,000.
But is it true?
The truth is no one knows for sure, and the reality may vary depending on a number of factors, from the quality of the project to the quality and number of people involved.
So far, there has been no conclusive study done on the subject.
But in 2017, a team led by Dr Manish Shah of the Department of Industrial Design and Architecture, Madras, began to look into this question and came up with a survey to ascertain if the job is actually doing anything for the economy.
The team surveyed 100 textile designers from across the country.
They found that the number and type of jobs they were earning in the industry is not a trend, as there are many other jobs that are being done in the sector.
But the survey also revealed that the rate of turnover in the jobs is not increasing at all.
According to the survey, the average turnover per textile designer was around Rs 2.5 lakh.
This figure includes the commission of a textile designer, which is a portion of the total commission.
The commission is paid to the designer by the company and the rest is paid by the textile maker to the fabricator.
So, the overall turnover was not increasing.
The authors also found that a significant percentage of the designers surveyed did not even make a living from their job.
The majority of the respondents said they have not made a living off their jobs in years and it is hard to get a job if you do not have a salary.
The data also showed that there is a strong correlation between the number, type and quality of jobs.
The number of employees is much higher in the top-performing areas, such as Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
The average number of textile designer is 4-6 employees.
But in other cities such as Ahmedabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bengaluru and Delhi, there are less than a handful of employees.
The textile designer also does not earn enough from his or herself.
The authors also noted that the rates of remuneration and wages vary from one project to another.
For example, in Delhi, a project in a well-known brand like Sunscreen, which generates a good commission, pays Rs 7,000 per day for a designer.
In Mumbai, a similar brand like Tampopo pays Rs 2,000 for a designers salary.
But at Flipkarts Chennai, a designer who does not have any experience earns Rs 10-15 per day.